The Spirit of Barrie’s Waterfront
To me travel used to always be about going somewhere different, somewhere exotic or somewhere by plane, in essence somewhere far away from home. But after my last big trip I had an epiphany. When I’d go somewhere, whether for a walk in a local neighbourhood, or spending time at the lakeshore I realized that travel doesn’t have to cost a lot of money nor be to somewhere else. It could simply be an adventure in your own backyard. Like along Barrie’s waterfront.
Always a hot spot for local families enjoying the water or playing in the park, for visitors staying in Barrie or just passing through as well as boaters, rowers and beach bums alike. Almost every weekend in the summer months Barrie’s waterfront is transformed for various festivals and attractions.
This summer my most favourite place to go is to Barrie, Ontario Canada’s waterfront, 20 minutes from my home, in the evening for a walk along Kempenfelt Bay. It’s beautifully simple yet brings me so much peace, contentment and joy. My favourite time to visit is during the week when the day is approaching dusk and the atmosphere is casual, with people walking their dogs, going for an evening jog or couples enjoying a romantic stroll, the energy is joyous. I find myself smiling from ear to ear as I watch people enjoying their lives, as I breath in the fresh air and watch the sailboats (icons of peacefulness) bob along.
The focal point of Barrie’s waterfront is the Spirit Catcher. Built for the Expo 86 in Vancouver, British Columbia by Ron Baird, this 70′ wide, 65′ tall piece of art now stands watch over Barrie’s Kempenfelt Bay. This 20 ton sculpture was inspired by the First Nation’s Thunderbird, a messenger who carries our dreams and desires to the Creator. To me the Spirit Catcher represents peace, hope and the life force that lies in following your dreams.
So whether you’re looking for a day at the beach, swimming and building sand castles or just simply walking the trail, Barrie’s waterfront is a great place to take time out of your busy schedule to stop, relax and enjoy life.